Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spider-Man Musical Back On Track

It's official.After months and months of delays comes the news that the rumor plagued Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark is finally set to open on Broadway this fall. The show which is scheduled to begin previews on Broadway at the Hilton Theatre this October was originally scheduled to begin performances on February 25 but was postponed due to financial problems with the show. Since that time the show has lost both it's leading lady (Rachel Evan Wood) and it's villain (Tony Award winner Alan Cumming).

As of press time no replacements have been announced although according to published reports Patrick Page who scored a hit a few seasons back as the title role in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas has been offered the role of the Green Goblin. Right now the only actor confirmed is actor Reeve Carney who will be making his Broadway debut as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.

Now according to most insiders the show is doomed to fail and it even if it sells well there is no way it will ever make any of it's money back. According to most publications the budget for the show is already over $50 million dollars and counting. The shows director Tony winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) who was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Dramatists had this to say about the show.

"What I’ve learned is that the Internet has its pluses and minuses. But keep three things in mind: No. 1, all of the money that goes into this show will employ a lot of artists, actors, technician, designers, make-up people, dancers; No. 2, the audience won’t get rooked, so they shouldn't’t be complaining, because they’ll be paying about the same as they would for a two-character, one-set production; and No. 3, it’s Spider-Man! Would you want to create a show with modest expectations? If we’re the behemoth that some people think we are, well, let’s ignore it, go on, and create something special.”

Looks like she's got all the bases covered doesn't she? Now it doesn't take a crystal ball to figure out that the show is going to be scrutinized by the press no matter how good or bad the show does. That's just the way the business goes. Now while I have yet to hear any of the music I have no doubt it will at least be interesting. I mean it is Bono and The Edge after all. Who knows? They could surprise us all and it ends of becoming the biggest hit in Broadway history. We will see. Until next time theatre fans.

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